Monday Travel Songs – Love is Deficiently Around

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to Wales with a folk song that reminds me of my birthplace.

Week Number Eight – Dacw ‘Nghariad (There is Love) by Eve Goodman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrkgdj0bVAo

Why Did I Choose This Song?

I choose Dacw ‘Nghariad because this beautiful song reminds me of home. The old Welsh language is breathtaking and really magical, even though some people think it’s way out of date. Also, I really miss Wales so much; it’s really different from the busy surroundings of London.

One day, I would love to return to Wales. I would love to re-walk on the beaches, I would love to adventure the cities, the beautiful fields and the tall, green woodland areas. It’ll be a dream, which I hope will come true. 🙂

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ActingLifeTravels – The Places I Want to Go – In the UK

“The UK has the best places to visit”.

Hearing these words from my mother has made me begin to realise that the answer is “yes. The UK does have the best places to visit.

Since my holiday to Liverpool, I’ve always wanted to go on more holidays inside my own country. I’m not done travelling yet, aboard or local – I don’t want to stop now and I hopefully, not ever.

So if I had a chance to catch a train, bus or aeroplane to any destination in the UK, here’s where I would go.

The points I’ve high-lightened bold are the places that I’ve been too before but I want to go again because I have enjoyed my last trips to them. 🙂

England

  • Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Liverpool
  • Bath
  • Cambridge
  • Oxford
  • Cornwall
  • Isle of Wight
  • Dorset
  • Durham
  • York
  • Brighton

*This list might change in the near future.*

Scotland

  • Edinburgh
  • Inverness
  • Orkney Islands
  • Shetland Islands
  • Glasgow
  • Torridon, Achnasheen
  • Assynt
  • Aberdeen

Wales

  • Swansea
  • Cardiff
  • Penrice
  • Carmarthen
  • Snowdon
  • Tongwynlais
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Welshpool

Ireland

  • Belfast
  • Dublin

What are your favourite places to go in the UK?

WAITING FOR A RAINBOW: CATCHING DREAMS – SUNDAY 10TH MAY 2015

“I’m ready to come out of my shell and face the world; how am I going to do it, I just don’t know”.

May 2015

Sunday 10th May

Well, here goes the end of another weekend; time to bring on another working week. Argh! This weekend has been very productive.

Yesterday, I went shopping and I had Pret a Manger lunch with my Mum. Today, I went to Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk with Ann. And oh my goodness, the hall is beautiful.

Oxburgh is full of English countryside with lambs, and kids, trees, dens, rivers, dams and wooden cravings. The hall is beautiful too; it has very fine Medieval, Tudor and Victorian architecture. The hall even has a priest hole where visitors can go into, but it’s a very tight corner. I went inside and I took a long time to get out as I took so many pictures of the hole. After I go out, Ann was tempted to go in, but she didn’t; that was when I discovered Ann’s fear of tight corners. I don’t blame her to be honest. If you feel claustrophobic, you shouldn’t feel or be pressured to do things you don’t want to.

In between our day out, Ann and I played games after we had a picnic lunch. There was a games cupboard where visitors can play within the grounds. The games we played were noughts and crosses, jenga and ring toss. Also, we sang along to songs (mostly Motown) when we travelled to the hall and back home. Gosh, it’s so much fun having a cousin; we generally have a blast.

Song #1: Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWS1j7ezqTg

This favourite, upbeat song of mine is one of the songs Ann and I played on our playlist. Originally  this was the likely song I was going to use to conclude ‘Waiting For A Rainbow’, but I’ve put it there as it shows that this song is opening it’s new doors to me. Every time I listen, I love to imagine myself, walking alone in a street into the setting sun, underneath a lamp post. I don’t know why, but that’s my imagination. He-he. 🙂

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Oxburgh Hall

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One of the moat bridges, near the estate

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16th Century tapestry, hand-made by Mary Queen of Scots  

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Entrance to the Priest Hole…

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One of the woodland walks

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Some of the flowers in the kitchen gardens

In between work, Ann and home, I’ve been planning on possible future holidays; Ann and I are thinking of going away on a weekend holiday to Liverpool in the summer holidays. We’ve been talking about it for a year and I cannot wait to go (if we can the plans in full swing). Also, I’m still trying to find holiday groups and NAS support workers who I could travel with for holidays too. I’m not sure how it’ll go, but I hope I’ll soon be coming out of my shell no time soon.

Song #2: I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbYcte4ZEgQ

This song explains me, bringing out my confidence and bringing more positive experiences into my life. 🙂

This song explains about me, slowly coming out of my shell in my study and social lives. And truly, I want the world to know and I’m going to let it show! 😉

Waiting For A Rainbow: Catching Dreams – Friday 8th May 2015

Friday 8th May

…And the Conservative Party have won. It certainly has been an indecisive election but it ended with surprising results. However if there’s one rule that you shouldn’t break if you are a Drama student; never, ever discuss politics.

To my discomfort, many of my friends had asked me who I voted for before I started lessons today. When I answered (while pretending to be confident), I got a negative response. One of them even tried to start a debate about why the party she voted for was better than mine. It was so embarrassing.

So from this day forth, I’ll never speak a word of politics again, outside the house.

Throughout the past two days (yesterday and today), I’ve been working and looking. I’ve made a chores list and I’m going through them; I’ve already completed some, but I’ve still got a long way to go:

Things to Do

Analyse Physical Theatre lesson: what bits of movement did I remember, how was it, etc.?

Find a folder to put Physical Theatre stuff in

Waiting For A Rainbow, blog #2

Research prices for local bus transport

Research group/individual holidays and NAS Supporter Worker Assistant

Look for voluntary weekend jobs

Look into Special Olympics swimming lessons

Use Olympus a lot more in all classes!

Type and send anxiety workshops ideas to Drama school

And while I’m preparing for the road ahead, all I can say is that I’m not afraid of adventure. 🙂

Song #1: Best Year by Callaghan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJMdKllm0tc

This song, in the words of Callaghan, are about following your dreams and taking chances. I think it sums it all, as I’m doing just about that. 🙂

Waiting For A Rainbow: Catching Dreams – Thursday 7th May 2015

Bucket List

  • Participate In An Open Mic Night
  • Practise and Travel Independently
  • Go On More Holidays (Local and Aboard)
  • Do Driving Theory and Test
  • Look For Voluntary Weekend Jobs
  • Sign Up For Activities/Volunteer Jobs
  • Talk More Openly About Anxiety Issues
  • Make Sure to Return Library Books on Time
  • Go To Bed At An Earlier Time, Rather than Later
  • Complete Kat Ashley Novel
  • Help Around the House More
  • Do More Drawing and Photography and Zentangles
  • Plan for the Future; Look into Independent Living, Work Places, etc.
  • Work on Anxiety, Drama and Vocal Exercises
  • Cut Down on Fizzy Drinks
  • Study Extra Hard at Drama School
  • Do More Yoga or Mediation
  • Open Up My Imagination A Bit More
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”
  • Do More Creative Writing
  • Be A Zoo Keeper For A Day
  • Learn to Play Guitar
  • Be Friendly to Everyone
  • Don’t Be Afraid to Share Ideas with Teachers
  • Do Extra Work with UniversalExtra
  • Practise Sign Language Weekly
  • Cook More
  • Be thankful with What I Have or Got
  • Enjoy Life, As It Is
  • Keep On Believing and Never Stop Dreaming

“As one rainbow dissolves, another one reappears”.

May 2015

Thursday 7th May 2015

Time flies, no matter where you are. But there’s no time like the present, so they say and it’s true. To me, the present day is like a crossroad path. When it comes to making decisions, I think of arrows.

Should you turn left, or should you turn right?

Some of the decisions we have to make are hard; in the end, you either have to learn or praise them. I’m still trying to figure out life, even if I’m twenty-one years and six days old.

Every day, I say to myself, “Now Georgina, what should you do today? Should you eat this? Should you drink that? What’s your next dance move? Should you share poetry with your peers? Should you invite this person? What can you do? Why did I make this decision?” Basically, my life is just full of questions and if I’m honest, I’m unsure if people really understand me. Today, people see an individual as a reference number or something else. However, they are those who do and accept me for who I am; my close friends and close family members especially. “I love to the moon and back”, as Sofia says. She comes up with the most amazing catchphrases ever, while some don’t.

Being a University student, I’ve learned that being inclusive is an important social skill. I’m unsure if this skill will affect University grades but whatever the results may be, I try and put in the effort to blend in. But like everyone else, I made mistakes, without meaning too. These situations, then end up with me, being ignored; I’m no stranger to this. I’ve been used to it. Also, there’ve been those who have done me wrong for reasons that are too complicated, too sensitive or just none at all. And there’ve been some who I’ve lost along the way, to which I apologise for; you guys are amazing and I’ll never forget you. From these experiences, I know that I’m afraid of myself.

Whenever I think of my fears, I reflect on my actions, the things I say, the stuff I try, my past, my future, my personality, the people I love and death. They have been holding me back for so long and I haven’t done anything about it. But, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking. Now, I am to begin another journey, which will hopefully lead me to graduation. (I hope.) I want to achieve more, gain more, learn more, and be more curious and creative. I don’t know where this new road will lead too, but I hope it’ll have a happy ending.

After recovering from my birthday celebrations, I went shopping on Bank Holiday Monday with Ann to spend my birthday money. Then, I started another week at Drama school.

Tuesday was extremely busy; I had lessons all day. However, one lesson was interesting; that was acting. We learned and did exercises on Jacques Lecoq’s Seven Stages of Tension, where we had interact with the feelings and act them out, as if we were on stage or screen. It was positively charming and exhausting, but the work’s been worth every minute.

Yesterday, wasn’t different either. However, I had an unusual Delivering Workshop session which involved script-writing. My peers and I were given two tasks. First, we had to write anything that came into our heads and continue writing for five minutes. Next, we had re-write our work and put them into a short scenario, involving two imagery people, named A & B. It was relaxing but I had doubts about my work. I had no idea why, I just did. All I wrote was write a poem and the scenario:

The trees and the leaves,

Whisper in the cool, windy breeze.

What rough weather we have today,

With the sunshine, keeping itself at bay.

 

Cold, not warm;

You must be mad,

But thank goodness it’s not winter,

Otherwise, you’re gonna feel bad.

 

Five minutes,

Just five, that’s all.

Oh, why, oh why can’t we do this exercise five minutes more?

 

My fingers are frozen,

My hand; it aches.

But I’m glad to be in the warm

And not out there, where the breeze shakes.

A: The trees and the leaves, whisper in the cool, windy breeze.

B: Yes, I know. I’ve heard it all before.

A: What rough weather we have today, with the sunshine, keeping itself at bay.

B: It’s more wild than rough, I’d say. Is it warm, yet?

A: Cold, not warm. You must be mad!

B: Mad? Mad? I’m not the only mad person in this room!

A: But thank goodness it’s not winter, otherwise, you’re gonna feel bad.

B: I suppose so. Anyway, where’s that sun lotion?

A: Five minutes.

B: Not ten?

A: Just five, that’s all.

B: Seriously?!

A: Oh, why, oh why can’t we do this exercise five minutes more?

B: Hey?

A: My fingers are frozen.

B: What?

A: My hand, it aches.

B: I don’t get it.

A: But I’m glad to be in the warm and not out there, where the breeze shakes.

B: Are you telling me this is an Open Mic night? Oh, I’m such a muppet!

Err… Err… I don’t know.

Aside from lessons, my Drama school is keeping me busy; I’ve been asked by my teachers to share ideas for delivering workshops for my peers and children and on top of that, I’ve been catching up on homework.

And today was the General Election. I have already placed my vote at my local polling station with my family and in between, we came across a friendly conservative campaigner who was willing to talk to us before he signed us in. Now, we all we have to do is wait. Wait and see what happens…

Waiting For A Rainbow – 30th April – Part II

Note: This entry is a day late; this was due to Internet problems last night. I’m really sorry about that, but I hope you enjoy reading Part II. 🙂

‘Happy Birthday’.

‘“Happy Birthday”?’ I was confused; what on earth was she talking about?

‘You better ring your parents and tell them you’re coming home late, Georgina’.

‘What? Why?’

‘You’re going to see “Disney on Ice” for your birthday’.

I was so shocked; I couldn’t believe it. Ann said she kept the show as a secret since Christmas and I knew nothing about it. We went to see the last show and loved every second of it; there was brilliant ice-skating, dancing and tons of visual effects including fireworks and glow lights. What’s more, the show was inclusive as the audience were allowed to sing along, dance and have fun. I won’t give too much away, expect the movies that were featured were The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen. Ann and I had a blast and we didn’t want the show to end; there’s no such thing as being too old for Disney!

Songs #4 & #5: I See the Light from ‘Tangled’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLSrOijxFKQ and Let It Go from Frozen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-EZNWeei9Q

 

These songs were in the ‘Disney On Ice’ Show, but I think these songs have a special meaning to me; I See the Light explains positive outcomes and hopes for the future, as I am coming towards, seeing the light. Let It Go was one of the songs that helped me get through my heartbreak a year ago and it helped me become a stronger person. And I sang along to it, because I wanted to! 🙂    

 

Yesterday, I had a small gathering with my close friends at Drama school. After our afternoon lesson (which was Home Education), I brought out cake, chocolate and sweets. We all had a bite and a chat and sang S Club 7 songs. The small party lasted until the early evening and we all had a wonderful time; there weren’t many people around and two of my friends were angry that most of our peers couldn’t be bothered to celebrate or wish me a ‘happy birthday’. But I didn’t care; I learned that I didn’t need a big party to be liked or admired. All I needed was to invite those who were close to me and show everyone that I was having a good time. It’s a wonderful life lesson, one which I will never, ever forget and treasure forever.

Song #6: Reach For the Stars by S Club 7: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SxSnjL3nZ0

This is one of the songs I played and sang along to, while talking to my friends, but this a favourite song of mine because I love it sooo much! 🙂

Today, I had a father and daughter outing with my Dad; we spend the day in London and as a birthday treat, we went to see Romeo and Juliet at the Globe Theatre! It was pretty spectacular; we saw the show in Bay K (the Middle Gallery) and had front row seats. We saw everything! The actors were amazing, the music was amazing, and the action and the romance were amazing. In the interval, I saw (from the corner of my eye) a woman, who was taking pictures of a Lego man, dressed as William Shakespeare standing on the oak rail and in front of the stage, near our seats. After she’d finished, the lady noticed my interest in her Lego figure; I kindly asked her how she made it.

‘I didn’t’, she said. ‘I bought him’.

The lady explained to me that she is currently travelling around the world and she takes pictures of the figure, wherever they go. Then, she lifted the Lego Will’s hair and revealed his baldness. ‘Look; he’s bald’, she laughed. I laughed with her. When Dad came back, I explained to him what the lady was doing and said to me. He was pretty interested too. Before she left, the lady told us that she had published a book, based on Juliet’s Nurse and it is a prequel; the story begins fourteen years prior to the play.

When we got home, I decided to research the book and the lady’s name. First, I discovered that the lady who I spoke to was American author Lois M. Leveen and the book she mentioned was Juliet’s Nurse. It was a complete surprise speaking to her; to be honest, I have never heard of Lois before, nor have I read her books but I now I have, I’m really, really keen to read Juliet’s Nurse which I’ll definitely read sometime soon.

Well, this it. I’m nearly coming to the end of my one year journey and tomorrow, I’ll reach my twenty-first birthday. I hardly can believe it; normally, I wouldn’t finish a task but I’m proud to say that this is my first. Yay! Soon, I’ll be taking a new path into my life – one that (I hope) will be full of new discoveries, new thrilling adventures, positive outcomes and tons of happy memories, full of smiles and uplifting hearts. I’m sure it will (*TOUCH WOOD*) because I can feel it in my heart. (*TOUCH WOOD, AGAIN*).